This is one of those 3-D maze arcade adventures initially made
famous by Ultimate on the Spectrum when they pioneered this style of
game with hits like ALIEN 8. Firebird recently introduced Atari
owners to this format with a cute little number entitled 'Chimera'
and this game runs along much the same lines.
MOLECULE MAN - a sort of golf ball on legs - is lost in an enormous
maze of 256 different locations. Time and radiation are against him
and you must guide him to safety via a teleporter. Trouble is 16
circuits are required to operate the teleporter and these must be
found and collected first.
Cash is the key to everything. Find a coin and you can buy time,
life pills or bombs which will destroy parts of the maze normally
impassable. You begin with only twenty seconds on the clock to find
your first coin and, so far, I've tried every which way but loose
but I've never come across one yet! I'd appreciate some help here!
The graphics are largely in black and white due to using the highest
resolution mode available. The maze artwork is astounding with
plenty of intricate detail thanks mainly, I suspect, to the genius
of S.A. Riding who is responsible for the Atari version. Am I right
in assuming this is the same S.A. Riding who programmed 'Airstrike'
for English Software?
MOLECULE MAN is a 'toughie' which should keep determined gamesters
happy during the long winter months.